Breakfast at McDonald's

@jess368 (3368)
United States
December 23, 2008 2:46pm CST
My friend shared this story with me and it brought tears to my eyes. I thought this would be a nice story to pass along during the holiday season. I hope you enjoy! [b]Breakfast at McDonald's [/b] This is a good story and is true I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree. The last class I had to take was Sociology. The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with. Her last project of the term was called, 'Smile.' The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions. I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway. So, I thought this would be a piece of cake, literally. Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to McDonald's one crisp March morning. It was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son. We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then even my husband did. I did not move an inch... an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved. As I turned around I smelled a horrible 'dirty body' smell, and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men. As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was 'smiling'. His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God's Light as he searched for acceptance. He said, 'Good day' as he counted the few coins he had been clutching. The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation. I held my tears as I stood there with them. The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted. He said, 'Coffee is all Miss' because that was all they could afford. (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm). Then I really felt it - the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes. That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me, judging my every action. I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray. I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot. I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman's cold hand. He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, 'Thank you.' I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, 'I did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope.' I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son. When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, 'That is why God gave you to me, Honey, to give me hope.' We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give. We are not church goers, but we are believers. That day showed me the pure Light of God's sweet love. I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand. I turned in 'my project' and the instructor read it. Then she looked up at me and said, 'Can I share this?' I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class. She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings and being part of God share this need to heal people and to be healed. In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald's, my son, instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student. I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn: [b] UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE.[/b] Much love and compassion is sent to each and every person who may read this and learn how to [b]LOVE PEOPLE AND USE THINGS - NOT LOVE THINGS AND USE PEOPLE.[/b]
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@oXAquaXo (607)
• United States
24 Dec 08
That is a truly beautiful story. It brought tears to my eyes! This person is so kind. I have learned an important lesson tonight. I will share this story with all of my friends, for they must realize this, too. Thanks for sharing, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
29 Dec 08
You are very welcome! I think its nice to share stories like these from time to time.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
23 Dec 08
Oh that is such a nice story, it brought tears to my eyes, infact it has inspired me, I was at a friends place last night and my friends mother is coming visit from another state, she doesn't get to see her very often and is actually staying with one of her other children, , my friends have fallen on hard times and did not get paid as yet for a small job that the husband did just before Christmas, I wqas then when he checked his bank account and the money wasn't there which i heard my friend say I won't be able to take mum out to dinner as I told her I would...so after reading your story I am going to go to my bank and get some money out and i am going to give her the money to take her mother out, thank you for sharing that story, we should all try and help those who are not so lucky as we are...
@jess368 (3368)
• United States
23 Dec 08
Yes we should. That is very nice of you for helping your friend out. She will be pleased to be able to take her mother out to dinner! I am glad I helped inspire you to do that. Good for you! ~Happy Holidays~
@elisa812 (3033)
• United States
23 Dec 08
Thanks for sharing this story! It is so touching! I actually started getting tears in my eyes as I read the story. It has such a great message. I definitely plan to share this story with my friends.
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
23 Dec 08
I hope you do, I am sure all of yoru friends and family will enjoy it as much as you and I have! ~Thank you and Happy Holidays~
@fairydew (180)
• United States
29 Dec 08
I think God moves in mysterious ways, and this story is a good example of how God reaches out to others, sort of like in a domino affect, one person is touched by the next and the next and so on until several dominoes or people have all been touched, in this case, with the Glory of God. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story.
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• China
24 Dec 08
I had been read this story ,i often read some english books. recently we take the english exam and i have to go through some my lession. the article you writing seems very familiry.
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@bunmi2501 (467)
• Nigeria
24 Dec 08
My skin is filled with groose pimples, Im trying not to allow my eyes get wet cos im in the office, what a way to show love, God bless you
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@jpso138 (7868)
• Philippines
24 Dec 08
Very touching indeed. I do hope that many people will be able to read your story. It really brings out the best in us and will help us understand that giving and sharing does bring out a great feeling within us. Godbless you and your family and may you continue to share your blessings. I am sure that you will always be blessed.
• Romania
24 Dec 08
It's a beautiful story and I don't think you have to be a church goer or even believe in god to apreciate these kind of things. People should help each other and accept each other like that more often.
@Jody20 (887)
• Netherlands
24 Dec 08
What a lovely story it brought tears in my eyes when i read it. Thank you for sharing this story. Merry Chistmas and a Happy New Year to you.
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@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
24 Dec 08
I guess with this said all that's left to be said is God Bless Your Heart. Those fellows may have not been bathed but their feelings are still the same as ours. You did an act of kindness and of course brought tears to my eyes and probably to all who have read this lovely story. Thank You for sharing and for being You!!!
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• Philippines
24 Dec 08
hello jess368, i was kind of teary eyed when i was reading your post. not everyone would have done what you did. a lot of us claim that we are Christians but then when we come across this circumstance we tend to be little others and as if they have contagious diseases that we stay away from them. i have learn a lot from what you have shared. i hope this open the eyes of others to share the blessings that God has given us to our less fortunate brothers and sisters. This is so timely this Christmas season that we share unconditional acceptance to others especially the less fortunate. thanks for sharing this. As God have said whatever you do to the least of your brothers, you do it in Me. thanks and Merry Christmas.
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
24 Dec 08
Jess All i would say U r nice and Sweet And glad to have u as friend UNCINDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE, thats what i called Faith Very nice and i am sure its Best thing to Learn Take care
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@anne12d (676)
• Philippines
24 Dec 08
My mom forwarded this to me few months ago to my email, I was touched by the story and almost closed to crying... I forwarded it to my friends aswell and I hope by this story it touches their heart too. Thanks for sharing it again... Merry Christmas!!!
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@nchap36 (556)
• United States
24 Dec 08
That was very moving. I enjoyed every bit of it.
• United States
24 Dec 08
This is such an awesome story! Thanks for sharing!
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@Sheepie (3118)
• United States
24 Dec 08
I'm not into religion at all, so I would have said and interpreted this in a different way, but it was a beautiful story nonetheless and I do think we should have unconditional acceptance and love for everyone no matter what we believe in, because it should be a universal belief. We're all the same no matter how we all got here!
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
23 Dec 08
[i]Thanks a lot for sharing this story..it is indeed touching and makes everyone realizes how lucky we are compared to others and that we need to extend these blessings to those who are in need! It's a wonderful story indeed and makes me take a deep breath as I imagine all the people inside the restaurant who at first tried to step back because of the smell of those persons![/i]
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• United States
23 Dec 08
What a remarkable and wonderful story. Brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for sharing this. It's a story we can all enjoy and gives us all something to ponder as we rush about this holiday season.
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